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Scanning Services

Digitizing Print Collections with the Internet Archive
Open and free online access, permanent storage, unlimited downloads and lifetime file management.


We can help digitize your collections in 4 simple steps:
Scanning Step 1 Scanning Step 2 Scanning Step 3 Scanning Step 4
Non-destructive color scanning using our Scribe system at one of our scanning centers across the globe. Complete MARC records, Dublin Core & XML, just 10c USD per image and a small set up charge per item.

Create and upload high-quality JP2000 images; persistent identifiers, lifetime hosting of files, lifetime management of file system and file access.

Create high quality PDF A files; run OCR across texts to allow "search inside" all books. Add to Internet Archive search engine; display via our open source Book Reader.

In addition to permanent hosting on archive.org, your books will be integrated with Open Library, openlibrary.org, a page on the web for every book.

Program Highlights Partners
  • 2,000,000 books online
  • 600 million pages scanned
  • 1,500 book scanned each day
  • 15 million downloads each month
  • 33 scanning centers in 7 countries
  • 3.5 petabytes of storage
  • 8 Gb per second bandwidth
Library of Congress
Harvard University
The New York Public Library
Smithsonian Institution
The Getty Research Institute
University of California
University of Toronto
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Boston Library Consortium
C.A.R.L.I.
Johns Hopkins University
Allen County Public Library
Lyrasis
Massachusetts Institute of technology
State Library of Massachusetts

. . . and over 1,000 other Open Content Alliance partners
Get Involved
Please contact Robert Miller, Global Director of Books at the Internet Archive:
robert miller


Creative Commons licensed photo credits for Step 1 & 2: TechSoup for Libraries & Heather Champ